Umberto Eco reviews a book by Marco Belpoliti which suggests that the two share an obsession with body-image strange to the ± pre-Kennedy political tradition (I believe provincial Roman towns merely put a new head on the statue when the tribes ate the governor and a replacement was sent). Exorcising Mussolini required thus that he be hung upside down, and that may of course still happen to Berlusconi. But while Mussolini gloried in his declining physique, Berlusconi has a surgical obsession with eternalising the ephemeral. Where this all fits in with the photographic santería of the mediocre, from Lorca to Lady Di, he does not tell us.
Some people think that Marc‘s headgear is sheepish, others that it is Phrygian. One significant advantage is that, upside-down, it makes
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Link love for 01/06/2009.
- Berlusconi and the new (Roman) falange
Mr Clarke blogging at It’s Probably The Pox, My Son links to a typical bit of mendacity, or gross ignorance if
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A scatological classic online.
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A Barcelona scrap-metal dealer only has 12 on the favicon on his website.